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January 11, 2010


Cobourg girl

I have to side with DiManno on this one, although it is a complicated societal problem, and one that we'll probably have as long as men and women continue to live in the same world.

There is a huge difference between this case and the one cited by Jennifer. There needs to be differentiation between forcible, humiliating physical attack and a fumbling, fleeting over-medicated gesture like this current case.

When I was about 14, my parent's company Christmas party was at our house, and at one point, a long time employee who was a bit over-refreshed opened my bedroom door, threw himself on the bed where I was reading and make a lunge for my chest.

I pushed him away and told him to get out of my room. He apologised while he was backing out the door, and that was it. I knew if I told my dad he'd be fired, and I liked the guy, and knew he had a wife and 4 kids. This minor little incident wasn't worth all that. Not for him or me.

We need to get real. I don't condone sexual or physical abuse of any human by another human, and I would like to see real penalties for those who do. But please, not for this. The non legal penalty this man is paying far exceeds his so called crime.

The police didn't need to be involved in this in the first place, and it sounds like the girl and her family regretted that they had made the call.

Let's keep our perspective and not try to kill a fly with a flame shooter.

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